The pediatric surgeons at Dana-Dwek Children’s Hospital saved the life of a 15-year-old boy by performing an innovative operation through a single incision.
The teenager was admitted to Dana-Dwek Children’s Hospital with an acute episode of intestinal obstruction, which is extremely rare in young people and more typical of elderly patients. However, the doctors at Ichilov quickly took the necessary measures and successfully operated on the boy using the Single Port Laparoscopy technique.
The boy recalls that he first experienced the problem about a year and a half ago when he started suffering from painful episodes. “The pain was so intense that it would sometimes momentarily paralyze me,” the young patient remembers. “The episodes could last for several hours. But I was afraid to get checked and find out the cause, so I just learned to live with the pain.”
However, the situation worsened, and about three weeks ago, Shai – the boy’s name – was admitted to the emergency department of Ichilov Hospital with an intense episode of pain, spasms, and abdominal distension. The doctors discovered that he had a colonic obstruction due to the twisting of the sigmoid colon, a condition that is extremely rare in children and more commonly occurs in patients over the age of 70.
Colonoscopy did not yield the desired results, and the boy continued to suffer from pain. Therefore, the doctors decided to perform a partial colectomy. The operation was conducted using the Single Port Laparoscopy method, in which laparoscopic instruments are inserted into the patient’s abdominal cavity through a single incision near the navel. This approach allows for excellent cosmetic and aesthetic results, which is particularly important for young individuals, and it also reduces the recovery period. Ichilov surgeons have been performing such operations for over three years.
Under the guidance of Professor Igor Sukhotnik, the operation was highly successful. After waking up from the procedure, the patient concluded, “I can’t believe the pain is gone. I thought I would have to live with it for the rest of my life, but they cured me quickly and didn’t even leave any scars. If I had known it would be like this, I would have sought help much earlier.”